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Working 48 hours a week

  1. 0 Hey guys and girls. Got a question about working while in school.

    I just finished my general education requirements and will begin the ASN program this Fall. I am an EMT Basic. I worked 48 hours a week through my gen-eds taking 7 credit hours each semester. I'm at work twice a week - we work (2) 24 hour shifts.

    Our program is 9 cr hours a semester. I'll be in class two days a week taking Pharm, Fundamentals, and two clinicals. Has anyone else worked a schedule similar to this while in nursing school? What was your experience?

    Thanks!
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  3. Visit  k_girl153 profile page
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    My classmate had that schedule during our first year. He was finishing up his emt while he was in nursing. If your experience is anything like his, its not the ideal schedule. He was consistently late in school and almost failed both semesters. He did manage to pull through by the skin of his teeth though.

    Wishing u better luck!
  4. Visit  MJeanRN profile page
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    I'm not saying it's not possible, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it.
  5. Visit  shay&lynn profile page
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    Quote from jhopper
    Hey guys and girls. Got a question about working while in school.

    I just finished my general education requirements and will begin the ASN program this Fall. I am an EMT Basic. I worked 48 hours a week through my gen-eds taking 7 credit hours each semester. I'm at work twice a week - we work (2) 24 hour shifts.

    Our program is 9 cr hours a semester. I'll be in class two days a week taking Pharm, Fundamentals, and two clinicals. Has anyone else worked a schedule similar to this while in nursing school? What was your experience?

    Thanks!
    I have a friend who is an EMT and she took on three classes along with a 24 hour shift last semester. She was able to manage BUT she was also able to study on her downtime from work.

    Is this an option for you?
  6. Visit  jhopper profile page
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    Our call volume is moderate, so we tend to have downtime between calls. I frequently study at work. However, one problem I am facing is that my manager has scheduled me to work the day before clinicals, so I will be going in for clinicals fresh off a 24 hour shift.
  7. Visit  fyre12v profile page
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    Quote from jhopper
    Our call volume is moderate, so we tend to have downtime between calls. I frequently study at work. However, one problem I am facing is that my manager has scheduled me to work the day before clinicals, so I will be going in for clinicals fresh off a 24 hour shift.
    I have the same problem,I'm starting this fall and I'm working 3/12's (fri-Sunday 6pm -630 am)...my clinicals are every Monday's & Tuesday's from 8am-430pm....how did you pull it off ?
  8. Visit  shay&lynn profile page
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    Quote from jhopper
    Our call volume is moderate, so we tend to have downtime between calls. I frequently study at work. However, one problem I am facing is that my manager has scheduled me to work the day before clinicals, so I will be going in for clinicals fresh off a 24 hour shift.
    I am not sure about your clinicals, but we have to go the day before and do pt research...
  9. Visit  jhopper profile page
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    frye12v: For the last 4 semesters I've worked a similar schedule. Going to school directly after work that is. My employer is very supportive and has always accomodated me. I have taken midterms and finals fresh off a 24 with no sleep.

    Another issue is that my school has a policy against working 12 hours before clinicals. I will be breaking this policy. How much should I worry about this?
  10. Visit  Annachu512 profile page
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    You probably should worry. Some schools have no tolerance for breaking rules such as that. I can understand that rule - I honestly would not want someone who just worked such a long time come in and take care of me. There are just too many mistakes that can be made rather quickly.

    Could you move your work schedule since your employer is accommodating? If the school finds out, they might even kick you out of the program. Some schools are that strict..
  11. Visit  sandyfeet profile page
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    Quote from jhopper
    frye12v:

    Another issue is that my school has a policy against working 12 hours before clinicals. I will be breaking this policy. How much should I worry about this?
    I would also be worried about this. In your first semester they follow rules to a T and watch you like a hawk. Knowingly breaking a rule could be considered "poor judgement" and you don't want that stamped on your back right off the bat.
  12. Visit  jhopper profile page
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    I hope to change this schedule in October, but like I said I've been working this schedule for the last 4 semesters. I remember taking my A&P 1 final after a 24 hour shift with no sleep. Somehow I pulled of an 88% on that test. What kind of challenges might I face going to clinicals while fatigued?
  13. Visit  Matt's Girl profile page
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    1. You will be administering medication 2. You will be calculating dosaging 3. You may have Careplans, if that's the case you'll pick your patients and go home and spend the majority of your day writing a report that prepares you to care for them the following day. Take a moment and think about what you want to do. If you were taking care of my family member and I found out you'd been up for 30 hours I would report you to the state board of nursing.
  14. Visit  k_girl153 profile page
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    I dont understand why you need to ask us if going to clinicals after a 24 hr shift is a bad idea. You are dealing with people's lives. Period. You shouldn't have to ask us what could go wrong after being up for 30 hrs straight. It's just common sense.

    I would definitely report it too. Sorry to be harsh but possible deadly mistakes can happen, even when one is well rested.

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